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Old 08-17-2018, 05:32 PM   #1
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How Much Propane do I have?

I just bought a used 2017 Jayco Jayflight 28BHBE from a private seller. When I asked the owner about the capacity of the 2 propane tanks, he wasn't sure.

We looked on the tanks, but not seeing anything. When I look on rvguide.com it says capacity is 14.2gal/60lbs. Since I have 2 tanks, does that mean I have a total of 28.4gal/120lbs?

I think that is the case. I removed the tanks from the trailer and when I weighed them on my house scale, they were about 55lbs each. Just seems like a lot of propane, but just wanting to know for sure.
Sorry, I am a noob, and this is my first camper.
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:45 PM   #2
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Your first camper's propane tanks are virtually full! If you run your furnace and/or water heater (on propane) it won't take long and the amount you have won't be nearly so much.

The stove and refrigerator don't go through propane as rapidly as the other two.

BTW, we all started out as noobs of some degree.
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Your propane tanks have the empty weight and the full weight imprinted on the collar or handle area around the valve.

You can test how full by weighing each and then deducting the empty weight from that total.

Mine reads 21.6 /47.6LBS So if I weigh it I deduct 21.6 lbs from the total and whatever is left is my tank amount. This is for a Jayco supplied 20 pounder. My grill tank says TW17 meaning empty equals 17lbs.

30 pounders also have numbers like this system.
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A 2017 Jay Flight should have 2 30 gal cylinders, for a total of 60 gallons.

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I just bought a used 2017 Jayco Jayflight 28BHBE from a private seller. When I asked the owner about the capacity of the 2 propane tanks, he wasn't sure.

We looked on the tanks, but not seeing anything. When I look on rvguide.com it says capacity is 14.2gal/60lbs. Since I have 2 tanks, does that mean I have a total of 28.4gal/120lbs?

I think that is the case. I removed the tanks from the trailer and when I weighed them on my house scale, they were about 55lbs each. Just seems like a lot of propane, but just wanting to know for sure.
Sorry, I am a noob, and this is my first camper.
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I think those might be 30 pound tanks, which are about 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:03 PM   #6
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While on the road, I use a cheap fish weighing scale to check how many pounds I have. I release the holding straps, leave the hoses attached, the use the hook on the scale to pick up the tank by the slots for the handle. Itís not as accurate as unhooking the tanks but is still reasonably accurate.
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:34 AM   #7
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A 2017 Jay Flight should have 2 30 gal cylinders, for a total of 60 gallons.

You need to change the 30 gallons to 30 pounds.



If you need to check the level in the tanks pour som hot water done the side of the tanks then slide your finger on tank starting at the bottom. When you feel the temperature change to warm that is at the approximate level of the liquid.
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Technology to the rescue!

I just added a Mopeka TankCheck setup to my 24FBS...can be checked via an app on smartphone or tablet, or via the monitor. I use the monitor and mounted it under the little door inside the trailer where the light switches and slide/awning controls are...

Very accurate, easy to set up, variety of readings...pounds, gallons, inches, etc. Also changeable for various tank sizes...
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As others have indicated you can find the tare weight (TW) or empty weight of the cylinder stamped on the collar. I use an inexpensive travel scale to weigh the tank. Subtract the tare weight from the total weight to get lbs of propane in the tank. Propane weighs 4.25 lbs per gallon so dividing the number of pounds of propane by 4.25 gives you the number of gallons. A 20lb tank will hold about 4.7 gallons of propane and a 30lb tank will hold about 7 gallons.
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Old 08-21-2018, 12:39 PM   #10
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I just added a Mopeka TankCheck setup to my 24FBS...can be checked via an app on smartphone or tablet, or via the monitor. I use the monitor and mounted it under the little door inside the trailer where the light switches and slide/awning controls are...

Very accurate, easy to set up, variety of readings...pounds, gallons, inches, etc. Also changeable for various tank sizes...
I like that option. I'm going to look into that. Thanks.
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